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"We have learnt from the dif-
ficulties of last year."
This is the key message from
the organisers of the Tobago Jazz
Experience which culminates this
weekend at the Pigeon Point Her-
Chairman of the Tobago Jazz
Experience committee John Arnold
told the T&T Guardian yesterday
that in planning this year's event,
the committee took on board the
complaints and suggestions from
patrons who attended last year.
He addressed the failure of the
shuttle service which was one of
the big sore points for patrons.
Last year, traffic coming out of
Pigeon Point after the Friday night
show, featuring soul star John Leg-
end, prevented the maxi taxis from
picking people up to return them
to designated car parks. This forced
thousands to walk more than a
mile, in some cases, to their cars.
"We have toughened up the sys-
tem and we are also employing
more buses and maxis.
"We are also asking patrons to
follow instructions and meet the
maxis at set locations rather than
walking out and trying to board
them as this also causes problems.
We are working in conjunction
with the NOC, police, fire and
Tema to ensure things run
smoothly," Arnold said.
Arnold said the layout at Pigeon
Point was being changed.
"We're using the model that was
used at the Plymouth venue in the
past where the fence to divide gen-
eral admission and VIP will run
down the centre. This means that
people in general admission will
also have access to the front of the
stage," he noted.
He said the aim was to provide
a show of international standard.
"We have tweaked the program-
ming and we are aiming for shorter
shows, without many long breaks.
We don't want the shows to go
for too long," he said.
The 2015 Tobago Jazz Experience
kicked off on April 18 and tonight,
World Music Night, Jennifer Hud-
son and Miguel will appear with
Road March winner and Interna-
tional Power Soca Monarch Machel
Closing the show on Sunday are
award winning neo-soul songstress
Jill Scott and veteran funk and R&B
band Kool and the Gang.
However, audience numbers are
down from 2014, Arnold said. Last
year, the Friday night show, fea-
turing John Legend drew, more
than 10,000 patrons.
"This year we aren' as lucky to
have a John Legend, who came
here when his song was topping
the charts, but we have some
excellent performers," Arnold said.
"From our ticket sales so far, it
looks like we are on target for more
than 8,000 at both the Friday
night and Sunday night shows,"
A T&T Electricity Commission
(T&TEC) audit team has recom-
mended that the controversial
vibrating $26,558 boardroom chair
be sold at a reasonable sum to recov-
er the monies spent for it.
In an advertisement yesterday, fol-
lowing reports about the Pulsor chair,
TTEC stated its audit department
was mandated to conduct a thorough
probe of the matter and had reviewed
all the documents and interviewed
T&TEC said investigations have
revealed that the procedure used to
procure the chair was not in accor-
dance with established policies.
According to a summary of the
report, the allegation that T&TEC's
chairman authorised the purchase of
the chair was unsubstantiated.
The report said in October 2013
there was a need to replace the board-
room chair and in late October two
chairs were taken to the commission
on demonstration from Bewil.
"The commission's chairman sam-
pled one of the chairs but indicated
that the chair was not suitable
because of the gadgetry associated
with it. At that time no quote was
available on the chairs sampled."
The audit revealed that it "is highly
probable that the confirmation to the
acting communications manager to
go ahead and purchase the chair came
from the assistant general manager
(engineering) Courtenay Mark."
It also stated that the commission's
procedures "were not followed by the
communication department head
prior to signing the purchase order,
in that a minimum of three quotes
were not obtained for this transac-
tion." Nor was TTEC's chair policy
adhered to, it was noted.
This policy existed since 2010 and
stipulated a minimum of five years'
warranty and identified clear spec-
ifications for chair acquisitions.
T&TEC stated there was no war-
ranty and no return policy for that
purchase and the chair was delivered
on January 22, 2014.
However, upon being informed of
the cost, the chair was immediately
rejected by T&TEC's chairman and
general manager but the commission
said "no firm action was taken to
return the chair and by April Bewil
threatened to sue for payment.
T&TEC paid for the chair to avoid
undue legal wrangling with Bewil."
The ad stated: "The audit findings
revealed that a more prompt and per-
sistent response by T&TEC in an
attempt to negotiate the return of the
chair, particularly at the higher levels,
may have led to an earlier settlement
of the matter and possibly could have
avoided the pre-action letter."
An audit done by T&TEC in 2013-
2014 into the communications
department, which purchased the
chair, revealed 18 violations where
past purchases were made by the
department (a minimum of three
quotes were not obtained for any pur-
The audit report stated that when
the general manager was contacted
by the media on the chair, "while at
first the exact location of the chair
couldn't be specified, investigations
concluded the chair was never placed
in the boardroom.
"It was found in a storeroom by
the acting internal audit manager
covered with two blue garbage bags.
It's now recommended that it be sold
to recover monies paid for it," it
T&TEC to sell
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Key changes for Tobago jazz finale
Grammy Award winning US R&B singer Miguel, right, arrives at the
ANR Robinson International Airport yesterday, ahead of his much
anticipated performance at the Tobago Jazz Experience 2015 at Pigeon
Point Heritage Park, Tobago, tonight. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE
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